When the Praise is Feint

until recently, it was also home to some of Mexico’s most notorious drug kingpins. Less than a decade ago, its coastal highway was nicknamed Bandito Alley, and the region was overrun with marijuana fields and methamphetamine labs.

Drug-related violence has fallen in the last year and despite occasional flare-ups — which have been confined to gang-on-gang violence and government crackdowns — Michoacán is beginning to attract visitors besides backpackers and serious collector

The region has a reputation for a rebellious citizenry…

In the last decade, American retirees have swooped into town and turned its historic center into a booming expat community.

Why does an otherwise interesting and informative article in the New York Times about Michoacán’s crafts have to be so snarky? It’s sort of like seeing a travel piece touting New York City’s Greenwich Village which drops a line about Joel Steinberg and Hedda Nussbaum or mandating that there be at least a couple of mentions about muggings in each piece about Central Park.

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3 comments on “When the Praise is Feint

  1. Tony says:

    These days, it seems like no writer can NOT mention Mexico and drugs in the same sentence. I’m constantly explaining to stateside family and friends that I know no narcos, see no narcos, hear no narcos here Morelia.


  2. Exactly! I was annoyed by the tone and, especially the shallowness of the article. The drug problem was over emphasized.
    At best, it mentioned a few highlights which have been covered extensively by others.
    Best wishes,


  3. Deb says:

    Oh brave writer, risking life and limb venturing into the wilds of Michoacan in search of the elusive ceramic pineapple. PuhhhLeeeeeeeeez. And, scant folk art information or sensational narco-news headlines…which will remain in the minds of readers? I think we all know the answer to that one. One of the worst articles EVER.


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